Houston City Councilman Michael Kubosh was hot after learning dozens of people at thevMunicipal Court was left standing in long lines Tuesday morning.
Kubosh says this is while the temperature was in the 30’s.
He says there should’ve been better planning by the administration at the city facility.
The Factor reached out to the courts and received this response:
Council Member Kubosh visited our court yesterday and expressed concerns regarding what he perceived as overcrowding in courtrooms. Our Director and Presiding Judge, Barbara E. Hartle contacted him and let him know that we are a bit busier than usual because of an Amnesty Program currently being offered to individuals with delinquent court matters, which affords them an opportunity to settle their cases at a considerable cost savings.
Also, it’s not uncommon that during peak hours, even without the Amnesty, it may take a few extra moments for folks to pass through security. The security check point is there to safeguard all court visitors and is common practice for most public buildings. Our security team does a great job of getting hundreds of people processed through security on a daily basis as quickly as possible without compromising the safety of our team or those we serve.
Thanks for allowing us an opportunity to respond regarding this inquiry.
Public Information Officer
Municipal Courts Department